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One of the most important characters in the book of  Judith, an apocryphal Jewish text that was probably written in the Maccabaean period and whose content is not considered historically certain. H., commander of  Nebucadnezzar, considers annihilating the Jews during a punitive expedition. This plan is thwarted by Judith (Hebrew ‘Jewess’) as she wins H.'s confidence, dines with him and then beheads him.

This main narrative strand in the book of Judith was taken up again on many occasions, for example in parallel tales in Midrash literature.


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Domhardt, Yvonne (Zürich), “Holofernes”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 17 October 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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